AAU Nationals: Day Three

<b>ORLANDO, Fla. –</b> It's just beginning to get good at the AAU Nationals. As the event progresses, the talent is separating itself and the next few days should bring top notch talent under one roof.

AAU Nationals, Day Three Coverage

2005 Checklist

Jerel McNeal, SF, Mean Streets: After a rocky beginning, the Marquette-bound winger got it together and went off for 22 points. The book on McNeal begins with toughness and that's why he's the perfect guy to play for Tom Crean. Wednesday night he was busting 3s, playing attack mode and finished plays in a manner by which you almost wanted to chest bump him after the dunk.

Lewis Clinch, SG, Smyrna Stars: The leading scorer from last week's Super Showcase is being eased into the lineup at the Nationals. He didn't start the contest we watched but wound up with 22 points on just 11 shots. At this point, he's made believers in everyone who watches him and he's got this effortless way about him on offense. He's turned himself into a big timer despite receiving zero major shoe camp invites.

Dominique Archie, PF, S.C. Hoopsters: There's a buzz beginning to generate about him on the high-major level. This 6-foot-8 pogo stick leaper was just OK Wednesday afternoon but his overall talent is transparent. He finished with 14 points and 4 rebounds but again, it's not about production just yet with him because he's gaining confidence in his game and he's making his mark with plenty of room left to account for upside.

Eric Maynor, PG, NC Gaters: He's a mid-major special and trust us, there are plenty of bracket busting teams lining up to make their move. Maynor, at 6-foot-2, sees the floor and passes the basketball extremely well. He had 6 assists in his Wednesday game and it looks like guys enjoy playing with him for that reason.

2006 Checklist

Shomari Spears, PF, NC Gaters: This young man accomplished much in his lone outing of the day. Right now, his body type and game are that of a face up power forward that can go inside and keep you honest from the outside. He's not the ideal power forward height but plenty of guys don't measure up in that category. At this stage, he's generating high-major looks.

News & Notes

The crowds for Lewis Clinch are pretty sweet. He drew head coaches from Auburn, Arkansas and Georgia. Assistants from Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Wake Forest and Florida also watched. …

Cincinnati watched Dominique Archie extensively on Wednesday. Archie says he's already been offered by Georgia, South Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech. He says Tennessee is looking hard. … Eric Maynor says he's got offers from Appalachian State, Winthrop, VCU and James Madison. Tulane is showing interest, Wake Forest checked him out and Radford is sniffing around. Jeff Capel of VCU and Houston Fancher of Appalachian State watched him today. …

One of the cool things to do in Orlando is watch for tired coaches. Without naming names, we saw one high-major assistant doze off and do the old "bobbing head" routine. … Wake Forest coach Jeff Battle watched Kevin Swinton and David Weaver today. …

Mississippi State watched the Delk Twins in action in the evening. … Brian Gregory was one of the head coaches in the gym watching Jamelle Cornley. Dayton has already offered. … Speaking of Gregory, he and an assistant from Michigan State watched Cincy AAU power forward Derrick Brown in the nightcap. …

Herb Sendek of NC State watched junior shooter James Dews of All-Ohio Red. … Keith Brumbaugh and Walter Hodge are not participating in this event with Nike Team Florida. …

Scout's Seat

Fatigue has set in with the players as it always does in Orlando. It's been a long month of traveling and playing and traditionally a deeper team will win this event. … Charles Jackson, a 275-pounder with the Smyrna Stars, has high-major size and his recruitment will begin at the mid-major level and go from there. …

Freddy Little of the N.C. Gaters is wired to score. He could wind up being the mid-major Taron Downey. He's got range and goes on big runs. …

Derek Brown of the Cincy AAU program, has been struggling to score here. The power forward hasn't played to his capabilities in Orlando. He had just 3 points and 4 rebounds before fouling out against a squad from Philly. ...

Josh Chichester, a junior power forward with All-Ohio, is going to blossom into a player. He's already got big, bround shoulders and when he fills them out, lookout. …


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